reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one
persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all
progress depends on
the unreasonable man.”
- George Bernard Shaw
New Hampshire Disability Statistics
Information drives change. Statistics are a powerful form of information used in policymaking, program evaluation, research, and advocacy. Statistics are frequently used to frame the issues, monitor current circumstances and progress, judge the effectiveness of policies and programs, make projections about the future, and predict the costs of potential policy changes. They are particularly powerful when they address the specific populations in question. For instance, the great benefit of the decennial census is its ability to provide very local information.Statistics about the population with disabilities and about the government programs that serve people with disabilities—disability statistics—are often difficult to find. Numerous government agencies generate and publish disability statistics, and as a result, disability statistics are scattered and buried in documents and websites all across the federal and state governments.
Facts & Figures: The 2011 Annual Report on Disability in New Hampshire and To The Point: An Introduction to Disability in the Granite State are new annual publications of the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire focusing on the population with disabilities in New Hampshire. Together with the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium, these publications are intended to provide a comprehensive picture of important issues related to disability in New Hampshire and nationally.
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